Do you get that droopy feeling toward the end of the week and feel that it takes a huge effort to concentrate? It could be that your brain is just plain tired.
When your brain feels fried, it’s a good sign it’s time to sit back and rest for a while. No one can be productive, happy, or even remotely capable of accomplishing anything when their brain is on overdrive. In a society in which being busy is glamourized as amazing, so many people are overworked, overdoing it, and overwhelmed. No one wants to live like that, and that’s why it’s so important to learn how to reset your brain and let go of some stress.
Take time to get physical. Do what you love to do. It doesn’t have to be a gym membership and heavy weight-training. You can focus your physical exercise by jogging, taking walks, doing yoga, dancing or playing football with the kids. Do something you enjoy, and focus on pushing yourself. Just when you think you can’t hold that pose for another second in yoga, push yourself to do another three seconds. Pushing yourself in a healthy manner while working out helps you focus on your body and your mind rather than everything else. It helps reset your brain for happiness.
"There is something so rewarding about dancing. It's almost spiritual - you let loose, you feel free, you get endorphins from the exercise."
If you’re overwhelmed and your brain is totally fried, why not focus on something positive? Try something pleasant you’ve been wanting to accomplish that is not hugely taxing. Then work consistently toward achieving it. When you have something positive to focus on, your mind is able to replenish. Once you’ve accomplished this task, you feel empowered. When you’re empowered, you’re less stressed.
Bad habits are hard to break, but you can focus easily on creating a new, happy habit that changes your brain. For example, you can focus on waking up earlier in the morning and starting your day before the rest of the world. Set your alarm a little earlier every day until it becomes a habit. Use that extra time to meditate, to breathe deeply, to stretch, or to enjoy the quiet before the storm. This is the kind of healthy habit that changes the way your brain is wired so you’re calmer and more relaxed. It’s not a big change or a major habit to introduce, but it’s an effective one that makes a big difference.
“Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.” – Octavia Butler
Changing the way your brain feels is not always easy, but it is always possible. Sometimes you just need to take a break. Listen to your body and hear what it’s trying to tell you based on how you’re feeling, how you’re reacting to certain situations in life, and how you’re functioning. When you truly pay attention to your body you can easily assess when you need to reset and refocus. Listen to your body, and you can change your life.